On the hill near the east side of Parnell Avenue, southeast Harry Baals Drive and just south of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum parking lots. A 1972 application for the Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park to the National Register of Historic Places at the National Park Service on page 2 under Item 7, Description, states the Old David Archer cemetery consisting of 2 acres of land, and containing the grave of John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed. If the cemetery contained 2 acres of land how many other pioneers were buried here and what happened to their tombstones and any records of burials? The local Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter NSDAR photographed the cemetery in April 2009 and found only 3 tombstones, but lists 22 names from their 1932 DAR readings on their Archer Cemetery web page.
This early settler cemetery includes the John Johnny Appleseed Chapman burial site. IN DNR Latitude 41.1117 Longitude 85.1233. See our Johnny Appleseed and Johnny Appleseed Newpaper page for more information especially a July 15, 1923 description of the status of the Johnny Appleseed grave site describing the site as: we found one of the most neglected and lonely burial places in all Indiana. A tangle undergrowth of brier, shrub and tree, with here and there a headstone, half buried, half revealed in the sandy soil, indicated the nature of the place. An iron fence surrounding the grave of Johnny Apppleseed gave information that it had been placed there by the Horticultural society of Indiana. This, and nothing more. .
Several years later, they erected a small log church in the northwest part of the township, which was known as “ Bethel Church.” The ground for the chapel and cemetery was donated by George Ash ley. Rev. J. W. Winans was the first minister. The building is still standing and is occupied by the sexton of the cemetery.
2904 West Washington Center Road, next to, and in front of, the trailer court
The Township Cemetery was donated by Thomas Hatfield in 1830. It consists of one acre, which was originally a part of his farm, on Section 22, and is still used for the purpose for which it was designed.
The first death in the township was that of Mary, wife of Joseph Gill, whose remains were interred in this cemetery.
Earliest date 1858. Last burial appears to be an infant in October 1940.No longer in use. Some German language tombstones. IN DNR Latitude 41.1397 Longitude 85.1358 is barely south of Google map location by less than 100 feet.
Construction is getting ready to begin on the I-69 and Coldwater Road interchange in Fort Wayne. Not everything is starting at once so you'll want to keep in mind the changes you could experience when driving through the area. Read more at the link below.
Interstate I-69 was proposed in 1957 almost 100 years after the first burial in 1858 in the cemetery from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Old Sacred Heart
aka Saint Vincent Roman Catholic Cemetery
Corner of Auburn and Wallen Roads.
Early French settlers. The original church was on the north side, locally famous as the the popular Halloween Haunted Castle it was torn down in 2007. There was a cholera epidemic in 1854, cemetery was used as a common grave for many. IN DNR Latitude 41.1603 Longitude 85.1192.
When visitors enter the Oratory of St. Mary Magdalene in Fort Wayne, among the many beautiful and striking sights before them, they will see engraved beneath the Cross of Christ, “Behold, I make all things new.” These words from the Book of Revelation encapsulate the entire story of salvation while also describing the spiritual work which takes place in the Oratory, as the Lord continually “makes new” those who offer their time and their hearts to Him in His Eucharistic presence.
In a unique way, the outside of the Oratory has now been made new as well.